Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the owner of Lake Erie Events? What is his experience?
Josh Bennett (Pictured above, age 28) has been a local DJ since he was a teenager.
Josh was featured on American DJ.com in 2016. Click here to read his story and biography.
How long have your other DJs been DJing?
All of the DJs who work for Lake Erie Events have a minimum of 5 years DJ experience, with most of our DJs having 10 or more years of professional experience. All of our DJs also have at least 1 year experience with Lake Erie Events weddings before we book them on their own.
What type of equipment do you use?
We only use top of the line professional DJ equipment. Some of our most commonly used equipment consists of JBL, EV, B-52, QSC, Shure, Line 6, DBX, Pioneer DJ, Numark, Chauvet, American DJ, Elation, Eternal Lighting, Rane, Reloop, and Sennheiser.
Do you have any backup plans if something goes wrong or happens to your staff or equipment?
We always retain one DJ per weekend in each location as a backup in the event of an emergency. In addition, all DJs have a backup system with them should something fail.
Will the DJ play requests?
Our DJs will only play requests if you allow it. Our DJs “filter” requests, meaning they will not play a song that you specifically asked them not to play or music from a genre you asked them not to play. If someone makes a request that fits in well with what the DJ is playing at the time and with the music you want, then the DJ will try and play it.
Can we request songs for the DJ to play?
You are able to pick which songs you definitely want to hear, and ones you do not want to hear, for your event. We have an online planning system for this.
Can we provide our own music for the DJ to play?
Sure, but we would like to get the music in advance of the event. If doing this, please consider the audience attending your event. We also recommend letting our DJs use their talent and musical knowledge to run your event as much as possible.
What are your payment terms?
The deposit is required at the time of booking (30% to 50% depending on your package). The remaining balance is due before the event date. Payments can be made at any time through our online planning system using a debit or credit card, or by mailing a check.
Do I tip the DJ?
It is not uncommon to tip if your DJ did a great job, but it is entirely up to you. Our staff is well paid for their services, however no form of gratuity is not included in your payment.
Will the DJ play overtime if needed?
Yes, DJs are able to play past the contracted time, and it happens a lot!
When should we book a DJ?
A good time frame is at least 6-18 months ahead for a wedding or large production event. Less for other events. However, we usually have DJs available for last-minute events as well.
Should we feed the DJ?
This is not required in our contract and is completely up to you. Typically, the catering or event coordinator will set aside a meal for the DJ if requested by you. When you add travel and setup/teardown times, we can easily work 7+ hour days for your event, so we always appreciate a meal and 15-minute break when it's offered.
What other services do you offer?
DJ, Audio Production, Live Audio, Ceremony Audio, Lighting, Photobooths, Pipe And Drape, TV Rental, and Dancing On A Cloud.
How many songs should I request?
We would like for you to at least give your DJ 15-20 songs of different genres and artists you would like to hear, as well as songs/artists you don’t, so your DJ has an idea of what music you’d like for the different parts of the event.
Why haven't I heard anything yet?
Our team is very busy and travels a lot. Due to this, our office is by appointment only. We check in daily and review calls and messages, so you should expect to get a response back within 24 hours. The only exception may be weekends when our team is performing.
Do you have reviews and a reputation?
Lake Erie Events has years of consistent positive reputation and awards. You can research and ask around about us, and we're positive you'll see a trend of happy customers and experiences. You can read a lot of our reviews here.
Can we sit down and talk? Do we have to?
After requesting pricing on our website, we'll instantly provide some pricing and detailed information for you that covers everything, however we always offer a meeting and consultation before booking. A professional DJ is ALWAYS willing to discuss your event at any time before the event starts, and should display the flexibility to accommodate changes and help you solve problems. Meeting or phone/ video conferencing your DJ to plan your event is of paramount importance to a successful event such as a wedding reception.